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Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness ― its opposite ― never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes. —— Cervantes刊登日期: 2015.06.27
作者: Grace Tse
Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness ― its opposite ― never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes. —— Cervantes
The above quotation was taken from the novel called “Don Quixote” （《唐吉訶德》）. What do people think of you if they call you “Don Quixote”? The novel was a masterpiece written by Cervantes about 400 years ago. Don Quixote was an elderly man who believed himself to be a knight errant bringing justice to the world. Originally written in Spanish（西班牙文）, the novel has been translated into many languages. In the English language, the adjective “quixotic” comes from part of his name, and the idiom “tilting at windmills” comes from the adventures in the book.
Cervantes（1547-1616）was born in Spain. Little is known of his early years and education. It seems that he moved around several times with his parents. He did not go to university but he probably had studied under the Jesuits（耶穌會士）as a teenager.
In 1570, Cervantes went to Italy（意大利）to explore career opportunities. There he joined the Spanish army to fight against the Turks（土耳其人）. That time, the relations between the European countries and the Turkish Empire were not very good. Cervantes fought bravely and was badly injured with his left arm completely useless.
In 1575, something unbelievable happened that probably became his inspiration for the adventures in “Don Quixote”. When Cervantes returned to Spain, his ship was captured by pirates. He was held as a slave in Algiers（阿爾及爾）for five years, until his parents, with the help of some Catholic friars, were able to pay the ransom for his freedom.
The life after his return to Spain was not smooth. He did various jobs, and published some works, which attracted little attention from the public. Finally at the age of 58, he earned his fame by publishing “Don Quixote”. This literary work has made a significant impact on the world of literature.
Knight errant 遊俠騎士
Tilting at windmills 與假想的敵人戰鬥
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